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Monday, September 17, 2012

GUEST BLOG: ALEXA BOURNE

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When my friend Camryn Rhys first told me her publisher was looking for submissions set in foreign countries and with local flavor, I wanted to jump for joy. I was sure I’d finally found my niche. I love to travel, have been fortunate enough to see many intriguing places, and now I had somewhere to share all that information.


My first book, Her Highland Champion, is a romantic suspense story about an American heroine who loses her memory while in the Scottish Highlands and the Scottish hero who finds her. Setting Champion in Scotland was an easy choice. Great Britain holds a huge piece of my soul.


My fascination with the UK stems from my family. My mother grew up in northern England. At 16, she came to the United States with my grandparents, leaving behind everything she knew and loved, including a lot of family. Over the years, I've had several chances to visit my relatives starting with a 6-week trip with my grandmother when I was 10. Exploring the culture of a country that spoke my language and yet didn’t was an amazing and eye-opening experience that summer. While my grandparents were alive, I treasured the British stories and customs they shared with me. I’ve also been lucky enough to travel back to England with my mother to some of the places she frequented as a child. To say I cherish that connection to my heritage will forever be an understatement.


Now, granted Her Highland Champion is set in Scotland instead of England and I don't have Scottish relatives, BUT I've visited Scotland enough, with and without my mother, that it also grabbed me. My second book, Fractured Paradise, is set in my mom’s hometown of Sunderland, and next year I hope to write a story set in Ireland. To put it simply, I’ve chosen to use Britain as the setting of my first few books so I can share what I love about the UK with readers. For me, it’s a way to give back to the people and places that have settled into my heart.


About the Author:
Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romantic suspense writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She is thrilled to be writing for Decadent Publishing and to have the chance to share her love of Great Britain with readers everywhere. When she’s not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV and thinking about exercising. www.alexabourne.com





A Decadent Honor Guard story….

Heather Winchester leads a charming life. With good friends, a beautiful flat in one of the most amazing cities in the world, and a promising future once she finishes her Ph.D, she is finally pursuing her own dreams instead of catering to everyone else’s…except she doesn’t remember any of it.

Malcolm Fraser has returned to his Highland village to forget his failings as a professional bodyguard. Believing he could just lose himself in the mundane activities of running his bed & breakfast, he finds a woman’s lifeless body by the loch instead….


Captivated by Heather as she regains her memory, Malcolm is thrown into the line of duty. As danger comes knocking on their door, will he be strong enough to love her and keep her safe?

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

GUEST BLOG: ANGELA RENEE

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Expectations



Before I decided to release my debut novel, I did a lot of research on traditional and self-publishing. My research took me through numerous books. I spoke with authors (self and traditionally published), editors, agents, publishers, distributors, printers, bookstores, marketing experts… Needless to say, I didn’t go into this publishing thing lightly.


I learned the business side of publishing the best I could and knew what to expect each step of the process of my self-publishing journey. Now don’t get me wrong. As I actually went through the process, there were areas that gave me pause, but nothing major. I am grateful to the people in the industry who beat it into my head to learn the business aspect of publishing along with the craft of writing.


Here comes the shady part, the part that lurks in the corner and is hard to see. Okay, it’s worse than hard; it’s impossible to see. What happens after your release? If you promote, your novel may or may not do well. As people read and enjoy or dislike your novel, they may or may not tell others, may or may not post reviews. If you’ve requested reviews, they may or may not review your title. If you spread the word to your family and friends, they may purchase your novel, ask you to send them free books and/or spread the word… So many unknowns to add to the equation.


So what to expect? I like knowing what to expect. I guess I’m a bit of a control freak. My research into publishing should give you a glimpse of just how much I like to know what to expect. So this waiting to see what will happen after the release has been… shall we say… exciting! Oh my goodness. Didn’t expect that, did yah? Seriously though, in life I have learned to prepare for what I can and do the best that I can with the rest that comes my way.


What does this life lesson have to do with my debut novel, You Are Mine? Expectations. The heroine in You Are Mine is hit with serious expectation shortfalls. The entire universe is different that she had “known.” How do you react when you don’t know what to expect?


Here’s a little about my debut Sci-Fi Romance novel, You Are Mine. I hope you enjoy and please spread the word about it.





In the hundreds of special assignments Erica Morgan has worked, there was nothing that prepared her for waking one morning on an alien spaceship. More surprisingly, her captor and adversary, the leader of this mission, is the one man who could make her want to leave her home planet and embrace a different life.


D’Jarus Commodore doesn’t want a wife, but his planet is slowly dying, and their salvation lies in the people of Earth. As leader of Darien, he chooses to make a sacrifice and be the first to marry a terran. His captive bride, Erica, is like no other being he has ever met. At first sight he knows he must have her, but for obvious reasons—he did kidnap her after all—she resists him every step of the way.


Website/Blog: http://www.authorangelarenee.com/
Buy links: Purchase the Print Version ($9.99) or the electronic version Nook, Kindle ($3.99)

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Angela-Renee/224764087637836

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Thank you for allowing me to take over your piece of the cyber world.


Monday, September 10, 2012

GUEST BLOG: AIMEE LAINE

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If I’d never heard of me would I read my book?


This is an amazing question that forces me to really look inside me and my books. At present, with the release of Surrender, I have three novels out, all paranormal romance because that’s the genre that I love. I also, though, have a YA book about to release in October, under another pen name.


When I look at these four books, it’s very hard to be subjective! I look at the beautiful covers and thing, yes! I would read these!


Then I look at the blurbs and I think, yes! I would read these books even more!


But that’s me. Me the author. Me the writer who poured blood, sweat and tears ..., okay, no blood or even sweat, but definitely tears into some of these.


When I think about books that I’ve fallen most for though, books that aren’t mine, the first thing that captures me is the cover. If that’s not rockin’ I’m not lookin’. No matter who the author is, if the cover stinks, I can’t get past it. Yes, I totally realize this is ridiculous, that there are loads of great stories inside so-so covers, but I’m me. I’m very visual. Covers gotta rock my socks.


So if I think about my books, I’m still in the ‘win’ category.


Then, I go and read the blurbs. If the blurbs don’t draw me in, again, I’ll reshelve a book. For example, if there are errors in a blurb or it makes no sense or it has absolutely nothing to do with the cover, I start to wonder who put it together and what were they thinking and would the story have the same ‘issues’? Again, totally a subjective thing, but it’s something really does hit me any time I pick up a book.


Again, by any author.


So for me, I feel like I’m still hitting that proverbial nail here. I’ve got covers and blurbs so yes, as a reader, I’d try my books—or at least, I’d open to the first page and see if it grabs me by the throat and carries me forward.


If it did, I’ll be sunk and reading until I’m up all night wanting, needing, begging for all the secrets to be revealed and the happily ever after to arrive.


So with my latest release, Surrender, book 2 in the Mimics of Rune series, I think I’ll go re-read it now.


About the Author:
Aimee is a romantic at heart and a southern transplant with a bit of the accent (but not a whole bunch). She's married to her high school sweetheart, and with him, she's produced three native North Carolinians, two of whom share the same DNA.


With an MBA and a degree in Applied Mathematics, there's absolutely no reason she should be writing romance novels. Then again, she shouldn't need a calculator to add two numbers, either ... but she does.


www.AimeeLaine.com

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/surrender-aimee-laine/1111559422?ean=9781937744106

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13247721-surrender





Face the past or look to the future? Both will hurt. One could kill her.


All her life, Lily Crane has suppressed her childhood memories, masking the signs of abuse with a variety of looks. From brunette to blonde, tall to short — as a Mimic, changing shape is her gift. Her right. Her achilles heel.


It’s Lily’s latest likeness, chosen simply by accident, which threatens to repeat a history she’s desperate to forget. Worse, she must do so without the one man who takes all her pain away: Cael Aldridge.


Cael has no intention of leaving Lily on her own. He never has. Now, with the woman he loves in the hands of a predator who wants Lily for her genetics, Cael will do everything he can to bring her home.


Alive.


He can only pray he isn’t too late.










Friday, September 7, 2012

GUEST BLOG: ELENI KONSTANTINE

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Finding Your Tribe
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Eleni Konstantine




Writing can be such a solitary affair. Day in, day out - it’s you and your keyboard, or whatever tools you use write.


I joined the Romance Writers of Australia back in 1998, pre my internet days. The only way I kept in contact with other writers was the newsletter, which I devoured every month when it arrived in my letter box. And yes, I felt isolated. There was a writer’s centre in my city but I didn’t have the confidence to go in there as a writer.


Once I got internet at home, I joined the email group for the RWAus members and since then, I haven’t looked back. I’m still a member of RWAus and am member of sub-groups including the paranormal group I moderate.


RWAus is MY tribe. It gives me support, friendship, and great advice in different aspects of being a writer. It is the one place I feel most at home. It’s helped me along when I have felt unwell, has cheered me on when I’ve had great news, and given me cyber chocolate for when I have bad news.


Last month was the annual Romance Writers of Australia conference, this year called ‘Diamonds Are Forever’. Being part of the conference team, I didn’t have the time for the socialising that I’ve had at other years, but I still loved catching up with old friends and making new ones. There is nothing like being able to talk shop with people who get you, because as much as your family tries to understand you, they don’t ‘get’ the whole writing thing.


Your tribe, whoever they may be, GET you.


Which brings me to volunteering. Volunteering takes fitting in to your tribe to a whole different level. You get to be familiar with the organisation and the members much more, and can create more friendships and associations along the way. And no job is too small for volunteering. In volunteer run organisation such as the RWAus, every person counts.


I was honoured that my alter-ego (Helen Katsinis) was awarded the Lynne Wilding Meritorious Award given to a volunteer. And I was shocked too. I started out many moons ago helping with the newsletter, and have branched out since then, working with some amazing people.


Of course the trick with volunteering is not to let it overtake your life, and believe me it can do that if you’re not careful.


I’m so glad to have found my tribe. Have you found yours?





Gateway to Hell is a paranormal romance novella where the heroine indeed finds her tribe. It is released today. For your chance to win a copy, just leave a comment.


Zeta will protect the one she loves, even if it means living in Hell.


Mastering a unique power was much safer for Zeta Kosmos with a mentor to help her along. Now that he’s disappeared, Zeta must continue alone with her calling—closing Gateways to Hell.


Daniel Richards is in the family business—Warding supernatural evil from causing havoc on humans. As such, he’s only interested in the safety of one-night stands. Until Zeta. This bad boy now wants a long, lasting relationship.


But Zeta can’t let go of her past, nor can she ignore the secret demonic threats against Daniel’s life. She’d rather fight demonic spawn and be dragged into Hell than allow anything happen to him. Can Daniel convince her to stay? Will she have to pay the ultimate price?


About the Author:

Eleni Konstantine is Fantasy and Paranormal fiction writer, with a number of shorts published. Her stories range from flash fiction to novels. She blames her mother for her writing bug because as a child she was given many books, including illustrated fairytales. That and a love of Greek mythology, and Eleni was destined to become a writer.


Eleni lives in Adelaide, Australia, with her family and feisty American Staffy.


You can find Eleni at her website - http://elenikonstantine.com and her blog – http://eleni-konstantine.blogspot.com






Thursday, September 6, 2012

GUEST BLOG: Melanie Atkins

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Summer Road Trip
In July, I took off for North Carolina to attend a class. Might not seem like much of a trip to some of you, but I live in central Mississippi, so I had quite a drive to make. I like to break things up, so I took two days to get there. Seven hours the first day, and six the next. Should have been five, but my GPS took me to the wrong location (don't you just love technology?)… but I digress. What I'm blogging about is the road trip itself. A hot summer road trip in the Deep South.

When I left home at approximately 9:00 a.m. that Saturday morning, the temperature was already over 90… and by the time I stopped at noon for lunch in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, it was 98 -- according to the thermometer in my car, anyway. Every time I'd stop and get out of the car, my glasses would fog up. Yes, I had the air cranked up to high inside of my ride!

Such a great trip, though, in spite of the heat. I met friendly people wherever I stopped, at various Starbucks or travel centers, places to fuel up not only my car, but also myself. I need caffeine -- and lots of it -- if I'm going to drive a long way, and iced coffee and frappes help a lot in the summer months.

When I finally got to my destination after two long days of driving via I-20 and I-85, the temp was 106… ouch! Needless to say, I stuck with iced coffee. I'd been lucky and hadn't run into any problems on my way there. Relatively fast travel, nice folks at places I stopped, and apps on my phone that helped me find the best places to leave the highway for a bit.

Then came the return trip -- and two major traffic jams on I-85. Talk about hot! I was stuck so long the first time I was afraid my car might overheat, so I turned off the air and sweltered like a dummy… after totally forgetting to ask Siri to find an alternate route. The second time, I remembered and maneuvered to an exit. Found my way around that sticking point, but I ended up not getting as far that day as I wanted. Just ran out of steam, so I found a nice hotel and holed up for the night.

I love taking road trips by myself. I listen to books on CD or my phone and the time -- and the miles -- fly by. Yay for summer road trips!


My books aren't available as audio books, but I do have a new ebook out this summer: EMILY'S NIGHTMARE came out last month at Desert Breeze. In this story, Detective Emily Rawson doesn't want children; she's too focused on her career to give a family the time required. That is, until she falls in love with fellow detective John Cutter, forgets to take precautions, and winds up pregnant. She fights the idea tooth and nail before finally deciding that having a baby is exactly what she wants -- as long as the child is Cutter's. Then tragedy strikes. Will it bring them together or tear them apart?


About the Author:

Melanie Atkins a multi-published author of romantic suspense, a fan of crime dramas, and an avid reader. Writing is more than an escape for her -- it's a way of life. She grew up in the Deep South listening to tall tales and penning stories about her cats. Now she writes gripping stories of love, suspense, and mystery with the help of her furry little feline muses.



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

GUEST BLOG: jj KELLER


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Inspiration for Plots



At a recent interview I was asked if I had to cast my family as Greek gods in a story, what parts would they play. Instead of being the casting director, I asked my husband and kids what character they’d like to imitate.


I received a variety of answers from my clan and not all the choices were Greek. My other-half selected Samson, because he liked the idea of performing heroic deeds, unattainable by ordinary men, by God-given strength. Battling enemies, he saved thousands. This fits him very well as he is an ex-police chief.


My eldest son selected Helios, a handsome god capped with a shining crown of sun. Helios drove a chariot of sun fire across the sky, circling earth, returning to the East each night. His bright blond hair can be seen during his trip.


Brian, my youngest son, wanted to be an evil character (ah youth), but ultimately we agreed on Thor, god of thunder. Bri is upstanding guy and could be fearsome to enemies. He loves the idea of having a magical hammer and protecting the innocent.


And me, well I liked Athena, or Aphrodite, but I settled on one of the Valkyries of Norse mythology. I loved the idea of being a female warrior who selects from brave mortals to live in Valhalla. Visible only to men about to die fighting, a Valkyrie chooses wisely and then travels with the hero to Asgard.


From this one question I had the idea for a Valkyrie trilogy.


But what about the plot you say?


To answer I need to start with a bit of backstory…trust me it’ll tie in. ee Cummings was an inspiration to me during my undergraduate college years which is the reason I use lower case initials for my given name--jj. As you can tell I like to break the rules, but not everyone appreciates people who think outside the box. Inspiration for plot for The Valkyrie and the Marine, released on July 18, is plot driven. Kiara thinks outside the box, breaks the rules and defies the odds.


Kiara, Valkyrie of the First Squad, fell in love with one of the warriors she was instructed to secure for Odin’s army. She goes against orders and heals Harrison. However, she must deal with the consequences.


Despite having the angel of death straddling his junk, Harrison wanted to live and find the man who sabotaged their mission.


This story is all about defying the odds and with my past, it is right in line with my method of operation. How about you? Do you defy the odds and create your own box? Story line? Name?



jj Keller


Fantasies with spice and humor.
http://www.jj-keller.com


Monday, September 3, 2012

GUEST BLOG: ALISON STUART

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I’ve always had a fascination with ghost stories which I suspect began with my mother’s tale of a ghostly encounter in a Youth Hostel in Wales when she woke during the night to the sensation of a woman’s fingers brushing her cheek. She could clearly see a woman bending over her and as she watched the figure dissolved into the wall.


My own paranormal experiences have been far less impressive and really take the form of an emotional response to a place rather than ghostly figures. The dungeons at Warwick Castle overwhelmed with such a sensation of misery I have never been able to set foot in them again. Strange objects appeared in photographs at the Roman fort of Housesteads on Hadrians Wall.


I have, to the best of my knowledge, worked in two haunted buildings and while I have plenty of evidence of the buildings’ ghostly residents they decided to leave me alone. Both buildings were owned by the Defence Department at the time and the witnesses to the paranormal were not the sort of person given to flights of fancy. Soldiers are not known for their overactive imaginations. I have posted blogs about “Albert” and “Esmerelda” and you are welcome to visit my blog and read their stories.



Over the years, wherever an opportunity has presented, I have gone on ghost tours - some hokey and some downright spooky. You will have found me trailing lantern bearing guides all over the world from York in England to New Orleans, Edinburgh to Port Arthur in Tasmania (now there is a spooky place!) to name a few. Books about ghosts and haunted places abound on my bookshelves because behind every good ghost there is a potential fodder for a writer and in my September release...GATHER THE BONES, I pulled together a few of these stories and created my own ghostly characters.


About the Author:
Award winning Australian author Alison Stuart always wanted to be a writer. As a teenager she scribbled turgid historical novels in shorthand notebooks, some of which are still in existence. Only when she dislocated a shoulder in a skiing accident, which left her stranded in a snow bound chalet in the Australian Alps with nothing for company but a notebook computer, did she dare to write the story that had been tugging at her sleeve for so long.


Her family moved from Kenya, where she had been born, to Australia in the late 1960s. Alison had imagined Australia as a place where kangaroos roamed the streets (just as, no doubt, children in Australia imagined Africa as a place where lions roamed the streets), but the inner suburbs of Perth seemed short of roving marsupials.


She studied Law and Arts at university and has worked all her life as a lawyer, both in private practice and in a range of different organizations including the military and the emergency services and a fatal attraction for men in uniform (including her husband) may explain her leaning towards soldier heroes!


Alison has been a finalist in competitions, including the shortlist of the Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize. In 2007 her first two novels BY THE SWORD and THE KING’S MAN were published. BY THE SWORD won the 2008 Eppie Award for Best Historical Romance.


These days Alison is writing full time and is officially an empty nester, with a wonderfully supportive husband (and resident military expert) and two needy cats to keep her company.


Find Alison on her website www.AlisonStuart.com





War leaves no one untouched


The horrors of the Great War are not the only ghosts that haunt Helen Morrow and her late husband's somewhat reclusive cousin, Paul. Unquiet spirits from another time and another conflict touch them.


A coded diary gives them clues to the mysterious disappearance of Paul's great-grandmother in 1812, and the desperate voice of a young woman reaches out to them from the pages. Together Helen and Paul must search for answers, not only for the old mystery, but also the circumstances surrounding the death of Helen's husband at Passchandaele in 1917.


As the mysteries entwine, their relationship is bound by the search for truth, in the present and the past.